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Statistically, in my own case, I suppose half of the screenplays I’ve written have actually seen production. And I am being dead honest when I tell you this: I have absolutely no more idea as to why some of them happened than why some of them didn’t. Of course it’s more than possible that my […]

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As a writer I believe that all the basic human truths are known. And what we try to do as best we can is come at those truths from our own unique angle, to reilluminate those truths in a hopefully different way.” William Goldman Adventures in the Screen Trade  

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Writing a screenplay is in many ways similar to executing a piece of carpentry. If you take some wood and nails and glue and make a bookcase, only it topples over when you try to stand it upright, you may have created something, but it won’t work as a bookcase.” Screenwriter William Goldman (Misery, The […]

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“[William Goldman]was the dean of American screenwriters and still is.” Aaron Sorkin (after learning of Goldman dying in November) LA Times Where were you in 1983? Some of you weren’t even born yet. But that’s when William Goldman’s Adventures in the Screen Trade came out. I was in film school in 1983 and had never lived […]

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“Silicon Valley has already won. It’s just that Hollywood hasn’t quite figured it out yet.” Nick Bilton Later this month I’m going to hit my 11th anniversary of writing this blog. A blog that I initially thought I’d do for one year. The first blog post was on January 22, 2008 so I’m hoping by […]

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Merry Christmas. (I took this photo last Saturday in downtown Deland, Florida.) Scott W. Smith  

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The Princess Bride is the only novel of mine that I really like. And I don’t know how I did it . . . I don’t understand the creative process. Actually, I make more than a concerted effort to not understand it.” William Goldman Four Screenplays with Essays Page 270 P.S. One of the things […]

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I try to make my screenplays as readable an experience as I can, for a good reason and greedy reason— I want the executives, who read them and who have the power to greenlight a flick, to say ‘Hey, I can make money out of this.’ Obvious truism: we all want the movies we write […]

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Here are the first lines of dialogue in the screenplay and movie Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid: BUTCH: What was the matter with that old bank this town used to have? It was beautiful? GUARD: People kept robbing it. BUTCH: That’s a small price to pay for beauty. One of the great true [Butch] […]

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Writer Jack Kerouac died in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1969. On Monday I drove by the last house he lived and took a photo. Neither the photo or the house or anything special, but it was something that I felt compelled to do after receiving my master’s degree from USF, St. Petersburg the day before. […]

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